You are on lead against 3NT. You would like to set up some heart tricks. Should you lead a heart and, if so, which heart? If not, what is your alternative?
In this popular course, Tina McVeigh will guide you through the most common mistakes she has seen her students make again and again over the years and teach you how to avoid making them yourself.
Tina McVeigh is a popular bridge teacher based in New Zealand. She was a co-founder of Sky Bridge Club and owns and runs the House of Cards bridge club in Christchurch, NZ.
You have a very weak hand. Think about partner’s hand and try to picture it before deciding your next action. Maybe you are promising too little or too much?
Every bid you make should make some statement about your strength and your shape.
When you are choosing which suit to bid, try and anticipate your next action. The future path of the auction is sometimes fairly predictable. If you have no idea how the auction will go, think about what your next bid will be if partner forces you to bid again.
Look at the auction and hand below. You know that you have no defence, so wouldn’t it be better to sacrifice and bid 5♥?
Whose hand is it? Knowing how to bid in a competitive auction is an important skill. What are the factors that should influence your decision?